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>> Time to Resist Racist Education Policy Affirmative Action

Posted on: March 16, 2010

» That Thin Envelope: Time to Resist Racist Education Policy – Big Government

The racist education policy I am speaking of is Affirmative Action.  It has now been in effect now since  1965 and more than 40 years so it has long ago served it’s purpose of giving Blacks a hand up and equal opportunity in our schools and work places.   Now I see it as a hindrance rather than  a help.    Following are some facts to consider while debating this subject.

…what would a world without affirmative action look like? Putting aside your view of whether or not should exist let’s examine how it actually works by examining such a world. In 2005, The Chronicle of Higher Education cited a paper that looked at just that question.A [2005] study by two Princeton University researchers uses admissions data from elite colleges to portray what would happen in such a world without affirmative action. In short, black and Latino enrollment would tank, while white enrollments would hardly be affected. The big winners would be Asian applicants, who appear to face “disaffirmative action” right now. They would pick up about four out of five spots lost by black and Latino applicants.

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The research looked at admissions decisions at elite colleges and found that without affirmative action, the acceptance rate for African American candidates would be likely to fall by nearly two-thirds, from 33.7 percent to 12.2 percent, while the acceptance rate for Hispanic applicants probably would be cut in half, from 26.8 percent to 12.9 percent.

While white admit rates would stay steady, Asian students would be big winners under such a system. Their admission rate in a race-neutral system would go to 23.4 percent, from 17.6 percent. And their share of a class of admitted students would rise to 31.5 percent, from 23.7 percent.

So the study found that  Black enrollment would decline if there were no Affirmative Action.  Why is this seen as a bad thing?  This study was done at “elite” colleges and universities so would these Black students not then go to a less prestigious college if turned down at the elite schools?  Would their education be any less complete?  Would it not possibly be more beneficial since they would not be carrying the burden of being the lowest scoring students?  Self esteem  is a huge determinate in how a person lives their life and being the underdog is not a good place to be.  Whereas a good but less well known college might offer Black students an opportunity to shine.

My biggest reason for wanting to see Affirmative Action done away with is because it is not helping the American Blacks as it was supposed to do.  In the early years most Black students were Americans but later more and more Black freshman were speaking with an British accent, having come from a British colony somewhere else in the world and only immigrated to the United States.  So in effect Affirmative Action in American colleges and Universities are discriminating against Americans regardless of the race!!

But what about blacks at selective colleges? Who are they? Again, The Chronicle of Higher Education,

In 2007, a team of researchers published a study in The American Journal of Education finding that while only about 13 percent of black people aged 18 or 19 in the United States are first- or second-generation immigrants, they made up 27 percent of black students at the selective colleges studied.

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A 2008 study found “that among high school graduates, 75.1 percent of immigrant blacks enrolled in college, a slightly higher percentage than that of whites (72.5 percent) and substantially larger than for native blacks (60.2 percent).”

Basically, the black person sitting next to you is likely the child of black immigrants, rather than the descendant of slaves. But why might that be? Well, according to that same article, “Immigrant black students are more likely than other black students to grow up in two-parent families and to attend private schools — both characteristics that, across all sorts of groups, tend to indicate a greater likelihood of attending a selective college.”

Being frank,I hesitate to go to a Black doctor because I wonder how they got into medical school and where they ranked in their class.  And I am in good company here  as Dr. Thomas Sowell agrees with this assessment.  He has done and exhaustive study on affirmative action and it’s effects on blacks and Black students and  come to the conclusion that affirmative action is a hindrance to Black in general.  Supreme Court Justice Thomas too has long been a foe of continuing Affirmative Action.

Left unanswered, of course, is whether or not affirmative action has actually achieved the results it was intended to achieve. To answer that question, let’s delve into some empirical analysis: Has affirmative action produced more black attorneys? In fact, the answer is that it has produced less, thanks to the mismatch effect. Heather Mac Donald discusses the research of UCLA professor, researcher, and Democrat, Richard Sander who has found the following things.

Almost all black students are admitted to law school with drastically lower college and LSAT grades than those of white and Asian students. After their first year of legal education, 51 percent of blacks are in the bottom tenth of their class; two-thirds are in the bottom fifth. Blacks are four times as likely as whites to fail the bar exam on their first try. Sander has drawn two conclusions from these data, first published in 2004: first, that blacks’ low qualifications entering law school predict their lagging performance in school and on the bar exam; second, that there would be more black lawyers if schools stopped extending preferences to black students—because these students would learn more in schools that matched their capabilities.

The author of this article offers a short reading list to help you determine for yourself what should or should not be done about Affirmative Action in the United States.  I think you will find the conclusions clear, however I welcome any additions of studies to this list with a different viewpoint.

  • The Price of Admission, Daniel Golden, (a WSJ columnist), especially the chapter, “The New Jews,” on Asian-Americans.

Do you agree that it’s time to change the law? Let your elected lawmaker know. A proposed ballot initiative to strike down this kind of racism has become stillborn in Utah, despite support.. Americans would do well to take up the cause and finally end a process more fit for the 19th century than the 21st.

Perhaps as  We the People take our country back this is one Liberal  action that will come to an end.  Perhaps too another  liberal action that was passed and in which I was a loud and stupid young activist will be changed.  I speak of demanding that  mentally deficient and mentally ill people be given safe institutional homes operated by the states.  Our argument was that these people were not criminals and should be given their freedom.  The states seeing a way to unload a heavy financial burden agreed readily with our liberal arguments and “freed” these people.  Freed them to become the victims of the thugs on the streets!

I will go to my grave carrying the guilt I feel every time I see a homeless person who is emotionally ill or too mentally challenged to hold a job.  I did this.  I gave this frightening life to these people.  BB

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